Planning a Wedding in 6 Months or Less!

by Jessica on April 3rd, 2013 in News & Events | No Comments

In honor of the fabulous dates in September that are still available (September 7 & 14), I thought that it might be helpful for a seasoned planner to share some words of wisdom on how to plan a wedding in the blink of an eye, without creating too much stress for you, your fiance, and your families.  Read on, and then call me ASAP to secure on of these sunny Fall dates at the Lodge!

How to Plan a Wedding in Six Months (in Six Little Steps)

Rebecca Pfiffner of Be Hitched, Event Planning & Design


1. Repeat After Me: Big Decisions Don’t Have to be Difficult Decisions
I recently came across an article about the way in which our brains function when we’re faced with a big decision (choosing a new house, buying a car, planning a wedding…). We naturally assume that if the decision is important, we must go through a grueling and arduous process to get to the right choice. Which is all fine and good, except for one small thing — it’s not true.  The number one struggle I see drain couples of their time and energy isn’t a struggle with families or guest list.  It’s the struggle they have with themselves when they know what they want, but keep hemming and hawing and researching and meeting because they think the big decisions need to be hard. Before you dive into planning, remember this: you know when it’s right (I promise).  Be smart and do your homework of course, but remember to listen to your gut.  If you and your partner meet with a photographer and you love their work, they fit your budget, have great references, and it just feels right, it is. Let big decisions be easy decisions.

2. Start With Budget
The advice I’d give a couple planning a wedding six months out is the same advice I’d give a couple planning their wedding 18 months out.  Start with budget.  Sit down with your families and determine a budget that everyone is comfortable with.  This will help guide all of your planning decisions going forward, and help keep everyone’s expectations realistic.  And it should actually make things easier for you — you won’t waste time meeting with that florist whose work you loved on Style Me Pretty if they have a minimum of $6K when you know the budget for your small, intimate wedding is $10K!

3. Seek Out (The Right) Support
Okay, okay, obviously I’m biased (I *am* a wedding planner, after all), but if your budget allows for it, consider working with a professional wedding planner who is experienced in the city or town where you’re hoping to get married.  A good wedding planner can not only help you get started and put together a planning roadmap for you, but they will be a huge time saver for you when it comes to venue and vendor research.  They’ll be able to provide you with custom (and trusted!) recommendations based on your needs, taste, and budget.  If your budget doesn’t allow for a planner, seek out support from friends and family who do have the time and energy, and who you trust to make decisions based on what you and your partner want, not what they like. Be specific about what tasks you need help with, and when you make the ask, be clear about deadlines. You might ask your friend who works at a restaurant to help you research caterers, but if you need a list in the next 3 weeks, ask if that’s doable for them. The people in your life are really, really excited about your wedding, and want to help — don’t be afraid to ask!

4. Place Before Pinterest
As much as I love Pinterest and recognize it as an amazing tool for planners and couples alike, at six months out, I recommend putting the kibosh on pinning for a while.  Pinterest can easily make you lose focus and feel overwhelmed, and your focus should be on finalizing the next big item on your to do list — securing your venue. To help ensure smooth sailing in the months to come, seek out a venue that hosts weddings consistently throughout the year, with a full-time staff member dedicated to supporting special events.  The venue and location should be one that you and your fiancé love and one that inspires you exactly as it is. You want to avoid a space that has to be completely reinvented to match your vision.  Another tip: a venue with an exclusive caterer can be a huge benefit, since it means one less vendor to research and choose.  But just make sure to do your homework.  You want to be sure the food and catering/bar service are of the caliber and quality you’re hoping for!

5. It Takes A Village – Secure Your Wedding Team
After venue comes securing what I call the Big 7: Caterer, Photographer, Officiant, Music, Florist, Hair/Makeup, Dessert.  Especially in the Bay Area, some of the earliest vendors to book up (besides wedding planners) are caterers, photographers, and florists.  And let me tell you, securing these seven will be like breathing in a huge sigh of relief.  You’ll have more flexibility to think about creative DIY projects and soaking up this time with family and friends once your vendors are secured. A planner can do the work of checking availability and pricing for all of your vendors, but if you’re doing the work on your own, remember to reach out to your village (friends, family, peers in your area) rather than the internet as your starting point. A personal recommendation from a trusted source is always the best place to start.

6. HAVE FUN and Remember What It’s All About
Guess what — being engaged is fun (no, really!). Yes, it can be stressful, and yes, there are a lot of decisions to make.  But if you’re feeling a lack of joy in the process, use that as a signpost to stop, step back, take a deep breath, and be honest about what’s giving you the most stress. Then see Step 3. Take a look at your to do list, and think about how you can make those tasks more enjoyable.  If you have to choose a signature cocktail, try testing recipes at home with your fiancé.  If you need to choose a rehearsal dinner location, invite your parents out to dinner and while you’re taste testing a possible prix fixe menu, ask them to tell you what getting married was like for them. You’ll be checking things off your to do list while remembering what the wedding is all about in the first place — and it has a little something to do with love :)

Cavallo Point Weddings Takes 1st on Bay Area A-List!

by Jessica on March 18th, 2013 in News & Events | No Comments

I am pleased as punch to announce that for the third year in a row, Cavallo Point has taken first place in wedding venues on the Bay Area A-List.  What an honor! Thank you so much to all brides past and present that voted, it makes me feel confident that we are doing something very right!

http://sf.cityvoter.com/cavallo-point-lodge/biz/547797

 

Cavallo Point Love Tour

by Jessica on March 8th, 2013 in News & Events | No Comments

I am a little late in this post, as the Love Tour was a few weeks ago, but I am delighted to share Janae Shield’s beautiful photos of the day, and thank everyone who participated, donated and attended.  It was such a wonderful event, and a delightful planning experience for me, to work with the amazing group of vendors and the wonderful women of LVL Events.  I hope that our attending brides had a lovely time, won great prizes, and got some wedding planning done!

Vote For Us- SF A-List!!

by Jessica on March 5th, 2013 in News & Events | No Comments

For the past two years, we have been honored with the number 1 spot in the Best Wedding Venue category with the SF A-List.  It feels especially good, as this is fully voter driven, not scored or selected by a panel of judges.  It means that our brides love us, and that people see what a special place this is. 

If you think Cavallo is as amazing as I do, please take a moment to vote for us and make it three years straight!

http://sf.cityvoter.com/cavallo-point-lodge/biz/547797

Thank you!!

 

Cavallo Point Love Tour- Vendor Highlight- And Something Blue

by Jessica on February 11th, 2013 in News & Events | No Comments

I am over the moon to announce that the amazing bridesmaid dress shop, And Something Blue, is expanding to bridal and that they will be introducing many of their beautiful gowns at the Cavallo Point Love Tour with the opportunity to meet the owner and try on select styles!  With amazing designers like Carol Hannah, Sarah Janks, and Ivy & Aster, they really offer something for every bride and we can’t wait to show them off!

For more information and to purchase tickets click here

Cavallo Point Love Tour- Vendor Highlight- Kathleen Deery

by Jessica on February 8th, 2013 in News & Events | No Comments

Kathleen Deery is a force of nature in the world of wedding design (offering not only full service florals and design but beautiful rental furniture, custom throw pillow and chair cushions and more!), and  I am beyond humbled to have her on our list of amazing vendors for the Love Tour!  She will not only be representing her amazing brand here, but also decking our halls with creative floral beauty, and co-designing tabletop inspiration alongside Lilikoi Design and Letterpress, Wine Country Party and Events, and Milk Glass Vintage Rentals.

For more information or to purchase tickets click here

Top 10 Reasons to Attend Cavallo Point Love Tour on 2/17/13

by Jessica on February 4th, 2013 in News & Events | No Comments

10. View and try-on a selection of couture wedding gowns from the brand new boutique bridal shop And Something Blue, and while you are at it peruse the playful and fun  flower girl apparel from Tutu Couture!

9. Taste a brand new selection of canapes by Chef Daniel Guerrini and take home sweet treats from a house-made candy station, compliments of Ethan Howard, both of Cavallo Point. Sip on Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee and a selection of wines from One Hope with 50% of proceeds going to cancer research while you snack

8. Find the perfect wedding band set with Deja and Co

7. Groove out to music from our amazing talent with the Keith Johnson All Stars and Boutique DJ’s

6. Test your luck by trying to win amazing raffle prizes including a one night stay at Cavallo Point, $500 off gift certificate for package of your choice from Weddings on Film, and more!

5. Get a make-up tutorial from Christina Choi Cosmetics, and meet premier wedding hair and make-up stylist Sarah Hyde of sHe

4.  Have Andria of Lilikoi Designs give you a letterpress demonstration, and check out the chalkboard art of Courtney Cargile

3. Be inspired by beautiful tabletop designs by Katheen Deery  and Wine Country Party and Events

2. Hang out in the groom’s lounge with great furnishings supplied by Milk Glass Vintage Rentals and libations from Trumer, and Lagunitas.  While you are there, learn the art of cigar rolling with Oye!

 1. Give up on trying to plan for a weekend far away, and instead make it a staycation at Cavallo Point and sneak in a lot of great wedding planning while you are at it!

Cavallo Point Love Tour- Vendor Highlight- Milk Glass Vintage Rentals

by Jessica on February 1st, 2013 in News & Events | No Comments

Milk Glass Vintage Rentals is a perfect fit for Cavallo Point- beautiful and unique finds  to add  that something special to your wedding decor.  We couldn’t be more happy that they have joined the Cavallo Point Love Tour to add style and flair to the day!

For more information and to book your weekend package or tickets to the show click here

Engaged? Spend Valentines Weekend at Cavallo Point!!

by Jessica on January 28th, 2013 in News & Events | No Comments

Engaged?  Hoping to get away for a romantic weekend for Valentines/President’s Day but no ideas of what to do?

Spend the holiday weekend at Cavallo Point with this special Love Tour Package  and enjoy a weekend of romance capped off with tickets to the Cavallo Point Love Tour on Sunday 2/17 so you can check some more items off  that wedding planning list.

I know what you are thinking.  If we spend the weekend, he isn’t going to want to come to a bridal show.  Think again! With our gentlemen’s lounge complete with cigar rolling, Trumer and Lagunitas beers and an ESPN feed, he will be entertained as well.

Arrive early and get your name on the list for a complementary make-up tutorial from Christina Choi Cosmetics, pick-up a swag bag, and enjoy a glass of Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee.  Stay for the Purple Monkey Photobooth, live music from The All Stars, and play dress-up in a selection of fabulous new dresses from And Something Blue.

With a hand-picked selection of our favorite vendors (only one in each category so you don’t get overwhelmed), our show is a one-stop-shop to help you brainstorm your special day and meet just the right people to help you pull it off, while enjoying an afternoon of food, wine and music.

 

Cavallo Point Love Tour- Vendor Highlight- Oye Productions!

by Jessica on January 25th, 2013 in News & Events | No Comments

We are beyond excited to announce that Oye Productions has joined the Love Tour, and will be showcasing their Cuban Cigar Rollers in the gentleman’s lounge.  We think this is such a fun addition to the show, and alongside Lagunitas and Trumer Pilsner there will be plenty of entertainment for your fiance while you make plans for your special day!  Look forward to more updates and highlights as we near the date!

For more information, and to purchase weekend packages or tickets check out our website here